After being cut by three teams in a calendar year, Terrelle Pryor realized making an NFL roster would be near impossible if he insisted on working only as a quarterback.
Prior to being swooped up by the Cleveland Browns, Pryor relented and planned to try out as a receiver. The decision sat in stark contrast to his "If I can't play quarterback, I can't play football" comment from a month ago.
Seeing his football future at the edge of the abyss, Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last week, he's looking forward to showcasing his ability as a receiver.
"I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor said. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."
It's interesting to note Pryor's use of "slash-player." It's not clear whether the Browns have discussed a type of role that would utilize him more than just a wideout -- perhaps occasionally putting him under center.
"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said of playing receiver. "What I've got to work on is the specifics, cutting in and out of the breaks. Athletically, I believe I can do anything on the field. When I get on the field, I may not be the best, but I always feel like I am. I bring that mindset. I work my hardest to be the best I can at that position."
Even with the Browns lack of playmaking at the receiver position, Pryor will be in a battle just to make the roster. It's never easy to switch positions at the highest level of competition, regardless of how athletic a player is.